A Goal: Finish time of 4:20 or less. Just to put that in perspective that will be almost a 25 minute PR from my last marathon. This goal is ambitious and I feel ready to run hard and give it my best.
B Goal: Under 4:44. That would still be a PR so still exciting.
C Goal: Just to finish. The marathon distance is hard for me. I never quite know how it is going to go. 26 miles is a long time to stay focused and execute a race plan. I feel every time I cross the finish at the marathon it is a big achievement.
It is funny the last few marathons I have run I have really enjoyed the training cycle. I feel like I have gotten stronger and become a bit faster every time. I have also learned that I am in more control of training than I am on race day. I try to give it my all in training because I never know how race day will go. Hot, cold, raining, injury, course issues. None of that I can control and you just gotta let it go but I can try and show up as prepared as possible. This time I feel prepared to crush it! Everyone cross your fingers and send a prayer up to the running gods. It is PR time!
In other news:
Good Girls Gone Trail has been doing some serious planning for the Smoky Mountain Relay
Big Dog Running Company is providing us with equipment and monetary support to ensure we have everything we need to be a successful relay team!